Mayor Rahm Emanuel and wife, Amy Rule, spot­ted at Park West last night at­tend­ing coun­try rock singer Lucinda Wil­liams’ per­for­mance for the 8th time

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Sneed has learned that former Pres­i­dent Barack Obama pri­vately promised Cook County Cir­cuit Court Chief Judge Ti­mothy Evans a trip to Chicago next year to visit the kids housed at the Ju­ve­nile Tem­po­rary De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

“We talked a lot about his com­mit­ment to the chil­dren of the world,” Evans said.

“And he promised him and Michelle both will come here as part of his pledge,” added Evans, who tells Sneed he raised the sub­ject to the former pres­i­dent be­cause he echoes the same con­cern.

“There are ap­prox­i­mately 230 young peo­ple rang­ing in ages from 12 to 18 housed at the JTDC cen­ter pri­mar­ily for delin­quent of­fenses at 1100 S. Hamil­ton Ave. right now,” Evans said.

“He [ Obama] kept em­pha­siz­ing that these are just the kind of young peo­ple who needed all the help they could get,” he added. “He said they were the kids who needed men­tors and en­cour­age­ment; that so many who have got­ten in trou­ble do not get help that way. And that so many do not get proper as­sis­tance from moth­ers or dads or rel­a­tives.’”

Both men chat­ted shortly be­fore Obama ful­filled his jury duty obli­ga­tion Wed­nes­day amid a throng of well- wish­ers armed with books, mag­a­zines and bits of pa­per to sign. Evans said Obama’s jury panel wasn’t se­lected.

Back­shot: Obama com­mented on how “gray” they had both be­come and praised Evans on his role as one of Mayor Harold Wash­ing­ton’s floor lead­ers “and my role as Mayor Wash­ing­ton’s po­lit­i­cal col­league,” Evans said.

“If I’m not mis­taken, we are soon com­ing up on the 30th an­niver­sary of Mayor Wash­ing­ton’s pass­ing,” he added.

Chance en­coun­ters . . .

Chance the Rap­per’s stun­ning ap­pear­ance at City Hall on Wed­nes­day net­ted this six de­grees of sep­a­ra­tion tip.

To wit: Ald. Wal­ter Bur­nett pri­vately pointed out that Chance and his brother Tay­lor both at­tended Mark T. Skin­ner West Ele­men­tary School on the West Side with his son, Wal­ter, and Ald. Ed­ward Burke’s son, Travis.

And we will leave it at that.

Where’s Hil­lary?

It was like old home week for former staffers at­tend­ing a ret­ro­spec­tive Mon­day at Ge­orge­town Univer­sity mark­ing the 25th an­niver­sary of Bill Clin­ton’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Sec­re­tary of State Madeleine Al­bright and Clin­ton strate­gist John Podesta were there among dozens of oth­ers hug­ging and high- fiv­ing.

But among the miss­ing was a big­gie.

“I didn’t see her,” said a top Sneed source re­fer­ring to former first lady Hil­lary Clin­ton, who has been on the road with a bro­ken toe push­ing her mem­oir “What Hap­pened?”

Mu­sic memos . . .

Singer Bon­nie Koloc, once the leg­end of Old Town dur­ing its hey­day of the 1960s-’ 70s, is per­form­ing in a sold- out con­cert at Space in Evanston on Nov. 19. Open­ing is fel­low Earl of Old Town fa­vorite Ed­die Hol­stein.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife, Amy Rule, spot­ted at Park West last night at­tend­ing coun­try rock singer Lucinda “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” Wil­liams’ per­for­mance for the eighth time. “We have a deal,” chirped the mayor. “Live mu­sic ev­ery three or four weeks.”

Sneed is told Rule has been to Bruce Spring­steen’s con­certs at least 10 times.

Sneedlings . . .

To­day’s birth­days: French Mon­tana, 33; Alessan­dro Del Piero, 43; and Nick Lachey, 44.


Former Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, ac­com­pa­nied by Cook County Cir­cuit Court Chief Judge Ti­mothy Evans ( blue tie), ex­tends his hand as he at­tends Cook County jury duty at the Daley Cen­ter on Wed­nes­day.

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